I try to avoid heavy handed subjects, but I'm just posting this to get it out there. This has been on my mind for a few weeks now and I just wanting to write it out. In regard to the recent events with gay teenagers who have committed suicide, the term "bullying" has been used again and again in the news and media. In my opinion, using the term "bullying" is sometimes inaccurate because it simply puts a meaningless label on a much larger problem. It can also completely ignore the actual problem which has its roots in society. The term "bullying" is never really defined anywhere by anyone. Words matter. What constitutes bullying anyway? [Within reason] a little bit of pushing, shoving, and a few nasty words is just apart of life while growing up. And for those with older siblings, you know that they WILL torment you. This is what I don't consider bullying because everyone experiences it, and in a way it is integral to growing up. I think media/society has become hypersensitive to bullying and labels every shove as bullying. I think bullying is anything beyond childish thinking where there is actual hate involved. Homophobia and hatred toward people who are different is an abstract idea that one can only learn by his surroundings growing up. It is a social problem, not a bullying problem. There are many reasons why it has become a social problem, but I will not go into that. I think the shallow term "bullying" has been used only because once you actually investigate the problem it gets political and then religious, in which case it gives people the right to take sides and disagree with an obvious problem. I think it's a positive thing that these things have been brought to attention in media, but I don't think it's being addressed properly. If the "real problem" is not addressed, it will never go away.